SLWCHS Student Wins Outstanding Youth Award

SLWCHS Student Wins Outstanding Youth Award

Albert Morgan is a rising junior in the Allied Health program at SLWCHS. He is an excellent student, always attending school, on time for class, and always well-prepared. He is an active member of HOSA-Future Health Professionals.

Albert is a member of the Boys & Girls Club, belonging to the Chuck Hill Unit. He has been an active member since summer 2007 when he was ten years old. Ever since joining Albert has improved his social skills with kids younger and older than him. He’s also developed his desire to help others; if there is an event where help is needed, he’s one of the first to show up and one of the last to leave. This is why every year he’s chosen to be a junior staff member. As part of his job as a junior staff member, he is to help the other staff supervise Boy’s and Girl’s Club members, distribute snacks, and when the day is over, he helps clean up the clubhouse. He is excellent at performing these tasks and was recently nominated for the Outstanding Youth Award which is given by the Children’s Services Council of St. Lucie County. Albert accepted the award on May 16, 2016. Along with the award he also received a $1,000 scholarship to any college he chooses. With this money, Albert plans to attend IRSC and gain his Bachelor’s degree in nursing.

SLWCHS Students Attend MarineLab

SLWCHS Students Attend MarineLab

Four students from St. Lucie West Centennial High School were invited to join students from Broward County Public Schools to participate in an instructional camp at MarineLab in Key Largo, FL in November.

The students, who are identified as deaf or hard of hearing, had the opportunity to engage in marine science activities and perform experiments with the help of educational interpreters. When writing about their experiences, student comments included, “I was so excited because everyone was signing” and “I will never forget it; it was wonderful!”

It was truly a valuable educational and social opportunity for all the students who attended.

SLWCHS Students Collect Funds for  Mental Health and Addiction Recovery

SLWCHS Students Collect Funds for Mental Health and Addiction Recovery

St. Lucie West Centennial High School students recently donated $2,500 to New Horizons of the Treasure Coast and Okeechobee to support mental health and addiction recovery programs for children and adolescents.

The funds were raised during CENTennial Cares Week, a campaign promoting compassion and kindness in tribute of the students and staff that lost their lives last year at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School.

During the week, students handed out compliments, granted favors, went out of their way to say hello, filled bulletin boards with positive affirmations, and donated their “cents,” which can add up to make significant “change” in the world.

“There was such an outpouring of generosity,” said Amanda Bevacqua, a teacher and organizer of the inaugural event.

The majority of funds – a whopping $700 – were donated by students in Kenneth Skurnick’s and Rebecca Davis’ classes.

In total, the students raised $1,250 during the CENTennial Cares Week. Those funds were matched by the Student Government, for a sizeable check of $2,500 to New Horizons for increased access to mental health for students and community.

“We know as a community of teachers that unless we have our student’s total health in mind, minimal learning will occur.” said Bevacqua, who added that she and her colleagues “know New Horizon’s services are essential to their students’ overall health.”

New Horizons is the most comprehensive mental health and substance abuse recovery agency in the region, with nine offices across four counties serving 14,000 children and adults, regardless of their ability to pay.

In fact, 57% of New Horizons clients have no source of income or insurance, yet as nonprofit, no one is turned away due to lack of financial resources. Funds raised from incredible groups like Centennial High School go directly to their care.

To learn more, please visit www.nhtcinc.org or call (772) 696-2729.

SLWK-8 1st Graders Learn a New Way to Write!

SLWK-8 1st Graders Learn a New Way to Write!

Students in Mrs. Cassie Migliore’s 1st Grade class are studying the literacy theme “Now and Long Ago.”  The students read about the homes and schools long ago and decided to see if they could write like they did back then. The students used feathers as quills to try to write their names.

The students were also able to model and build Indian teepees from paper bags and decorate them with symbols they learned about.

SLWK-8 1st Graders Publish Writing

SLWK-8 1st Graders Publish Writing

First Grade just wrapped up completing student treasure books. Each student published an individual book full of their first grade writing. These kits will be mailed away today and they will each receive a FREE soft cover published book to keep, read and cherish forever!

They have worked so hard!

Thanks to Mrs. Rachael Pastore for organizing!

SLWK-8 2nd Graders – Sink the Boat

SLWK-8 2nd Graders – Sink the Boat

Mrs. Alicia Miller’s 2nd Grade class performed a lab called “Sink the Boat”. Students experimented with clay to find a shape that floats. Then they estimated how many pennies it would take to sink a boat. Next, students added pennies one by one until their boats sank. Once it sank, they recorded the data. They repeated the experiment using paper clips. Ms. Diane Hanfmann also assisted the students with this lab.

SLWK-8 4th Graders Are Hatching Eggs With 4H

SLWK-8 4th Graders Are Hatching Eggs With 4H

Mrs. Ciufo’s and Ms. Rovendro’s 4th Grade classes are participating in an embryology program with the 4H Club and we are incubating eggs in our classrooms. It will take 21 days for the eggs to hatch.

“Candling” the chicken eggs is the way that you visually inspect the development and integrity of each egg using a bright beam of light. In the past, when there was no electricity, farmers used a candle to check the egg. Now we use flashlights!

SLWK-8 7th Grade Scientists

SLWK-8 7th Grade Scientists

Student’s in Mr. Emerson’s 7th grade science class were visited by Melissa McIntyre of ORCA for the first of 8 classroom visits to learn about our “Living Lagoon.” Shown are students creating and documenting their own microcosm of the Indian River Lagoon ecosystem.

SLWK-8 Band Director Selected

SLWK-8 Band Director Selected

Ms. Jennifer Rosser, the band director and music teacher at St. Lucie West K-8 School, was honored with the opportunity to be the clinician for the Heartland Middle School Honor Band of Highlands County recently. The honor band consisted of the best band students from nearly 11 middle schools of the surrounding cities in the Highlands County area. Ms. Rosser rehearsed the band for a mere 12 hours of rehearsal over two days culminating in a concert the second evening at the Alan Jay Wildstein Center for the Performing Arts located on the South Florida State College campus. Ms. Rosser is completing her 5th year of teaching and her 4th year as band director and general music teacher at St. Lucie West K-8 School.

SLWK-8 Breakfast with the Mayor

SLWK-8 Breakfast with the Mayor

On May 18, Mayor Gregory Oravec spent the morning enjoying breakfast and answering candid questions from Student Council Members. Mayor Oravec was gracious enough to spend much of the morning visiting with many of the students, and was presented with an honorary key to the school to commemorate his visit.

SLWK-8 Celebrates Perfect FSA Scores with Limo Lunch

SLWK-8 Celebrates Perfect FSA Scores with Limo Lunch

Congratulations to the following students who earned a perfect score on FSA last year and were treated to a limo ride to lunch on November 5th:
4th grader, Maria Nolasco
8th grader, Roseanne Rodriguez
8th grader, Ryan Rodriguez

The students were accompanied by their parents and the SLWK-8 Administration for this special lunch!

SLWK-8 Color Run

SLWK-8 Color Run

The SLWK-8 My School Color Run sponsored by the Student Council was a huge success!

Thank you everyone for your participation!

Special thanks for Ms. Renee Taylor, Mrs. Shawna Portee, and Dean Lauren Kosinski for their hard work in organizing this event. Everyone had a colorful time!

SLWK-8 First Graders Learning about Technology

SLWK-8 First Graders Learning about Technology

Over the summer, Mrs. Nemeth, 1st grade teacher, received five tablets for her classroom through a Donors Choose proposal. Seesaw is a student-driven digital portfolio that empowers students to independently document what they are learning at school. Students can use photos, videos, drawings, text notes, links, and the recorder to show what they know. After publishing a piece about Fall, students were able to take a picture of their work and record themselves reading it. Families also have the ability to see their child’s work through the Seesaw app and respond with comments and likes.

SLWK-8 FSA Pep Rally

SLWK-8 FSA Pep Rally

SLWK-8 students in grades 3-8 were treated to a Pep Rally for FSA on Tuesday, April 30th. The administration was assisted by the drumline from Centennial High School, as well as some of their basketball players. Students participated in fun games such as:

Shooting Hoops
Hula Hoop Relay
Cup Stacking
Centipede Relay
Dance Off

SLWK-8 Gifted Students Serve the Community

SLWK-8 Gifted Students Serve the Community

Our S.A.G.E. Academy at SLWK-8 (1st through 8th grade advanced/gifted students) participated in a community project to help senior citizens have a brighter holiday season. The students had to create holiday images onto 250 bags which would later be filled with items for 250 senior citizens who receive services from the Meals on Wheels program throughout the Treasure Coast. These holiday-filled bags bring joy to those senior citizens receiving them along with an appreciation that they are important and thought of by others in the community. This activity helped to facilitate a deeper understanding and discussion amongst the students about the importance of citizenship and community involvement.